how to keep starter locs from unraveling

How to keep starter locs from unraveling? (Here’s how to fix)

It happens to the best of us: starter locs unravelling at the middle or ends. What can we do? How can i keep my starter locs from unraveling?

If your starter locs have begun to unravel at the roots and the ends are coming out, this is a common issue that can happen with any type of locs.

Before we look into to fixes, it’s important to note that this is something which can happen at any time. (exceptions to the rule: people who use the latch method and other techniques).

Many people want to try locs or dreadlocks, but are afraid of the commitment, opt for starter locs. Starter locs are a great way to test out the style and see if it’s something you want to commit to.

Starter locs is a hairstyle that is created by locking the hair with a special hair product. The locs are then usually secured at the root with an elastic band or other device.

How to maintain starter locs so that they don’t unravel?

Starter locs are a great way to express your creative personality and even more so if you grow them. But beware, it may take months before they’re long enough.

But if you don’t maintain them properly by brushing or conditioning then they will unravel sooner rather than later

Dreading your hair needs a few care conveniences in order to keep it looking fresh. Here’s what you need to do to keep your starter locs from unraveling:

Tie your hair up nightly or during idle time at home with a satin scarf. 

If you don’t want to use a scarf, be sure to sleep on a satin pillowcase instead! But definitely give scarves a try because they are great to keep your locs from unraveling.

I’m sure you’ve read this throughout my blog. Don’t use petroleum/petrolatum products to twist your locs.

They will attract dirt and dust and other particles, which can mix with the product and create a buildup.

Don’t wash your starter locs as frequently.

We recommend once a month. In fact, biweekly if you’re carefully. And before you allow any water to touch your locs, wear a stocking cap. I have instructions on washing your locs in my other posts (local maintenance, starting your locs)

After washing, do not vigorously towel-dry your hair.

Blot and squeeze. When twisting your locs, pin or clip them so they don’t become loose and unravel.

Ensure you twist/palm-roll your locs in the same way every time. Doing so helps prevent unravelling and makes sure they continue to grow properly without damage.

Don’t scratch wildly scratch your scalp.

If possible, do not scratch your itch. Instead, gently press on it with your fingers. If you must scratch, never go over the same spot or scratch hard enough for your locs to become loose.

We suggest that you use a water bottle to spritz water, oil, moisturizer, or other products on your scalp. Dry, itchy and uncomfortable hair can be solved by using shea butter on your scalp.

When you use a hair product, the mist will be directed at your locs instead of your hands, so that you don’t have to do it manually.

Dying your hair can quickly lock your locs, so if you’re looking for a new look, this is the way to go.

Please don’t color your hair as a desperate attempt to get your locks to loc. If you want to dye your hair, go with the color that looks best and not for any other reason.

Use rubber bands

Some people put rubber bands on the ends of their locs to help keep them from coming loose. If you are not careful, this could end up pulling some hair out.

I used a little hair glue to keep the ends of my starter locs from unraveling.

I have a head full of locs, and they are all different lengths. This means that when I take the time to brush them out, the ends of my starter locs tend to unravel.

I don’t want to use any sort of product or service on them because I want them to be natural. So, I started using hair glue on the tips of my starter locs when I brush them out. It has been working great for me!

Tip: If your locs are coming undone and are therefore much longer than the rest of your locs, split them off as new locs.

If you need more help, try twisting the split in the root and following all the other tips for loc maintenance. Or, if you want to be fancy, combine your locs with a second locs!

How to keep starter locs unraveling at root?

The problem is that starter locs often unravel at the roots and can come undone with just a few washes. This is because they are made with synthetic hair and aren’t as durable as natural dreadlocks.

There are a few ways that you can stop this from happening:

The unraveling of the locs is caused by not securing them properly at the root, or by not using enough of the locking product to keep them together.

To stop starter locs from unraveling at root, you should use more of your product and make sure to secure it tightly.

How to keep starter locs unraveling in the middle?

Keeping locs unraveling in the middle can be a challenge. However, there are some ways to keep them together and looking their best.

  • Use a cream or oil that is designed to moisturize your hair and scalp.
  • Apply a small amount of product to the locs throughout the day as needed.
  • Tie your hair up at night with a silk scarf or satin bonnet.
  • Use bobby pins to secure any loose hairs on your scalp.

How to keep starter locs unraveling at ends?

The things that you can do to keep your locs unraveling at the ends are:

  • Use a leave-in conditioner on your hair after washing it. This will help to keep the hair moisturized and prevent tangles.
  • You can also use a spray bottle with water and spritz it onto your locs. This will help to seal in the moisture and prevent unraveling of the ends.
  • You can also use a wide tooth comb to brush through your hair when it is wet, this will remove any tangles in your hair before they have time to dry and make things worse.

How to keep two strand starter locs unraveling?

The best way to keep two strand starter locs unraveling is by using the locs as a protective style. This means that you must not comb or brush your hair when it is in two strand starter locs. This will cause tangles and knots which will lead to the unraveling of the locs.

How to keep loc retwist from unraveling?

A loc twist is a hairstyle where the hair is twisted into two or more twists and then pinned up. This hairstyle is usually done on medium-length hair and can be worn for a long time without unraveling. However, it may not be as easy to maintain as we think.

There are some ways to keep your loc twist from unraveling. You can either use a water-based gel or hairspray to help keep the twists in place, use bobby pins that are designed for this hairstyle, or you can use an elastic band around your twists to prevent them from loosening.

3 Reasons Why Your Starter Locs Unravel When You Retwist them

Are your locs dry?

Cleaning and taking care of your locs is not an easy task. After you’ve gone through the loc maintenance routine, do you wait until they’re completely dry before moving on to the next step?

You’re in a whole different world when you visit the hair salon. It’s even worse when your locs are loose and aren’t being touched by a professional.

You have to decide when your hair is dry. You’ll get split ends if you don’t let your locs fully air-dry after you maintain and retwist them.

If you’re locs are unraveling, it can be due to the fact that they aren’t completely dry. Give them time and don’t do any styling to your locs until they’re completely dry.

Watch out when you’re in the shower.

A shower cap may not be enough in the shower when surrounded by all the steam. You need a shower cap with something on the inside like a plastic lining to allow it to maintain its shape after it becomes wet.

A way to keep your locs protected, yet it will still allow for the hair to breathe. This will help reduce heat and moisture retention in the hair

The plastic caps used in some type of shower cap will make your hair wet, which causes it to have some mildew or mold.

Your natural dreadlocks may start to come undone a few months after not using any protection on the inside.

How you cover your starter locs at night makes all the difference!

Keep your starter locs protected at night by putting it in a satin bonnet or use a satin pillowcase. You should also tie it back to avoid tangles.

Sleepwear is best kept plain and such apparel can help you sleep better too. Be mindful of the blankets and sheets you select, as well – go for lighter colors that are less likely to retain warmth.

You might not be aware, but locs consist of delicate hair that is quite susceptible to breakage. You don’t want them twisting and turning while you sleep best use a cotton pillowcase.

If you have locs, it’s important to make sure they don’t unravel while you sleep. Get the right bonnet that will protect your hair while you get some shut-eye


The key to keeping your starter locs from unraveling is by using the right products and techniques.

It is important to know that there are many ways to keep starter locs from unraveling. The most important thing is to make sure that you are taking care of them.


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